Golf News for Thursday, May 10, 2007 | Tournaments

International field assembling for 07 BMW PGA Championship

A truly world class international field is set to challenge for the €725,000 first prize from a record €4,350,000 prize fund in the 2007 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club, Surrey, England from May 24-27.

Seven of the top 15 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, representing five different countries, will bid to win a highly prized title on The European Tour International Schedule over the outstanding West Course. In all, 18 winners from the current season are taking part while 11 of last year’s successful European Ryder Cup Team and Captain Ian Woosnam have confirmed their participation.

South Africa’s Ernie Els, ranked fifth in the world, heads the OWGR list with Henrik Stenson of Sweden (sixth), Vijay Singh of Fiji (seventh), South Africa’s Retief Goosen (ninth), Luke Donald of England (tenth), Padraig Harrington of Ireland (11th) and England’s Paul Casey (13th).

Also in attendance will be last year’s Ryder Cup winners, Casey, Darren Clarke, Donald, Harrington, David Howell, Robert Karlsson, Paul McGinley, Colin Montgomerie, José Maria Olazábal, Stenson and Lee Westwood.

Montgomerie, the winner in 1998, 1999 and 2000, will be attempting to claim a record-equalling fourth title while Olazábal is bidding to add to his 1994 success and Woosnam to his two wins in 1988 and 1997.

David Howell of England, who played in Europe’s last two Ryder Cup victories, defends the title he won by five shots from fellow countryman, Simon Kahn, 12 months ago.

No fewer than seven Major Championship winners are in the field with Els, Goosen, Olazábal, Singh and Woosnam being joined by Michael Campbell and Paul Lawrie in the superb line-up.

The 2007 BMW PGA Championship will boast one of the strongest international fields on The European Tour Schedule, with many of the world’s best players in action. All four days will be broadcast live on BBC Television.

Advance ticket savings on the 2007 BMW PGA Championship can be made by booking online at www.europeantourtickets.com or by telephoning +44 (0) 800 023 2557 by May 1, 2007. For Hospitality packages, please call The European Tour Hospitality Department on +44 (0) 1344 840483.

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